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Undocumented Valedictorian, Fatal Hit-And-Run Top Week's News In Bridgeport

Laura Veira, an undocumented resident of Norwalk and valedictorian of her class at McMahon High, is heading to Harvard. Watch her emotional response when she learns she was admitted.
Laura Veira, an undocumented resident of Norwalk and valedictorian of her class at McMahon High, is heading to Harvard. Watch her emotional response when she learns she was admitted. Video Credit: laura veira
Luke Vincent Gatti, who is notorious for his mac-and-cheese rant at the University of Connecticut. Photo Credit: University of Connecticut Police

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories in Fairfield County this past week:

Brien McMahon High School valedictorian Laura Veira, an undocumented Norwalk resident from Colombia , is sharing her story as she heads to Harvard University.

An 18-year-old from Port Chester, N.Y., who works as a camp counselor in Greenwich was arrested after persuading a 13-year-old girl in New Mexico to send him sexually explicit photographs and videos of herself , via Kik and text messages, federal prosecutors said. He was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and could face up to 30 years in prison.

A former University of Connecticut student, 20, whose drunken, profanity-laced tirade about jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese at the Storrs campus went viral was arrested in May on charges of trying to break out of rehab in Florida.

A Bethel who crochets scarves to offer as gifts to victims of terrorism received accolades for her efforts after one of her scarves took the spotlight at a reunion of victims from the Paris nightclub bombing last fall.

A report from a teenager that she was attacked by a man while jogging in Norwalk drew a huge police response, but after a lengthy search officers said they were questioning some of the details of her complaint.

An assistant high school basketball coach at Westhill High School in Stamford has been arrested on charges of hindering prosecution for tipping off one of his athletes who was wanted in a double shooting at the La Quinta Inn in May. He was also placed on leave by the school system.

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Route 8 in Shelton after trying to drive between two cars.

An 81-year-old Bridgeport man was killed after he was struck by a hit-and-driver in front of his home at 202-204 Arlington St. near his parked 2003 Ford Ranger.

A driver escape uninjured when his car slammed into a pole and burst into flames on the the Post Road East in Westport.

Advocates for gun control gathered at the Victoria Soto School in Stratford school, named in honor of a teacher killed at Sandy Hook, as part of a "National Days of Action" to urge Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote on gun control amendments.

A deli worker in Fairfield is out a week's pay after someone stole an envelope of cash from his Jeep Wrangler on Black Rock Turnpike.

Two New York men were arrested after a car-and-foot pursuit in New Canaan in an identity theft case that ended when the suspect's vehicle crashed, police said.

Cheryl Van Voorhies and Toni Ann Lupinacci, owners of La Jolie Salon & Spa, have doubled the size of their business by taking over the first floor of their building in downtown Stamford.

A teenager from Easton was critically injured in a car crash in Redding.

One person was killed in a pileup involving five cars and a tractor-trailer on I-95 at the start of the holiday weekend.

A teenager was after after pulling out a Taser during a dispute with a juvenile at a church carnival in Newtown.

Mima's closed up shop in Ridgefield and at the Fair Mall, but it still dishing up meatballs at its location on Mill Plain Road in Danbury.

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